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Youth Sports: Surviving a season of Chaos! #PlayItHealthy

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This post about youth sports has been sponsored by MinuteClinic but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have been involved in  youth sports in some way, shape or form ever since they were about 4 years old.  They did a few seasons of soccer, swam on the neighborhood swim team, play tennis, do gymnastics and are just all around active kids.  There is a certain culture to youth sports.  You have an interesting mix of both children AND adults on these teams and if you don't do a bit of planning and organizing, things do not … [Read more...]

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Healthy Community Support with the Champions of Care Challenge! #HealthMartCares #ad

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Disclaimer:  This post about creating a healthy community has been sponsored by the Niche Parent Network & Conference. All opinions are my own.  Several years ago, my husband decided to take up running.  Off he went every day to conquer the hills of our neighborhood and the trails of our local parks.  He had a wonderful time, felt better than he had ever felt before and started running more.  Soon, he decided he needed a bit more of a challenge then just yet another run through our hilly neighborhood and he started running marathons.  He … [Read more...]

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Workout Tips for Beginners from a #ReebokMom #sponsored

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This post on workout tips for beginners is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. For years, my husband has been an avid runner. He runs in the rain, at 6 AM on a Saturday morning, and in 100 degree temperatures.  Working out is vitally important to him and something he always finds time for.  Personally, I struggle with finding the time and motivation to get out and exercise but I … [Read more...]

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Sport Earphones: Yurbuds Inspire for Women #INSPIREFORWOMEN

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No matter what room of the house you are in or what time of day it is there is almost always music playing in my house.  There is a docking station in several rooms and both floors of the house have a full stereo system.  Needless to say, we spend a lot of money on iTunes!  When we leave the house, we take our music with us on our iPad, iPod, or cell phone depending on which member of the family it is.  I have gone through a lot of ear buds looking for ones that fit comfortably.  There have been some hard plastic ones that I really think would … [Read more...]

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Take a hike for better health! #Fitness Friday

 Last weekend I went camping and hiking with my family and boy am I feeling it this week!  We chose to go primitive camping so that meant everything had to be hiked into our campsite.  EVERYTHING!  Thankfully the campsite we chose was only a one mile hike into the woods because water and firewood are unbelievably heavy!  Add in the food and all the other assorted gear necessary for 4 people to survive a few days in the woods and I was ready to just set up the tents in the middle of the trail if it meant I could get that pack off my back!  We … [Read more...]

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Reduce your carbon footprint in the sand with Eco Swim! #fitness friday @ECO_SWIM

As much as I hate to admit it, swimsuit season is fast approaching.  For the last 2 years I have avoided actually swimming in our neighborhood pool because I do not have a bathing suit I LIKE.  It has been easier to go without a new suit than to suffer through the process of shopping for one.  Lately, it seems to be getting harder and harder to find a style that isn't made for a barbie doll.This year, I decided that I had put off the search long enough and started looking a little closer at what was available.  I was under the assumption that … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Drink to your health with POM and a #coupon!

One of the things I always try and tell my kids is that foods that have naturally deep and vibrant colors tend to be better for us than those that are bland and dull.  This may be a slightly simplified version of Nutrition 101 but it encourages them to look around a bit more closely when we are in the produce department.  Choosing red or purple grapes over green ones or pomegranate juice rather than apple juice will help boost the nutrients and antioxidants in your diet.  These antioxidants have been shown to have a rather significant benefit … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: What’s on your workout playlist?

Have you ever been in the middle of a run or working out in the gym and your iPod battery dies?  One minute you are listening to some really awesome music, working up a sweat and really pushing yourself and the next minute all you hear are crickets and the sound of your own breathing.  That right there signifies the END of my workout.  I cannot exercise without music...its like my motivation just flies out the window the minute the iPod turns off!I have very broad taste in music.  I have been know to listen to German metal, Country, Hip Hop, … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Get fit and have fun with Spartan Races

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spartan Race for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.So, I recently had a brief discussion with my husband that went something like this:Me: "Honey, I would really like to get a treadmill"Him: "It is a waste of money. You wouldn't use it. Just like the gym membership"Me: "But, I really need to lose a few pounds and get in shape"Him: "Well, we have a wonderful neighborhood...go run in it!"See, the problem is...I HATE running in our neighborhood! It is unbelievably boring! I love hiking … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Yes, you CAN burn calories without going to the gym!

 So, I have decided that it is getting too close to swimsuit season for me not to be getting serious about dropping a few pounds.  I usually avoid bathing suits like the plague but seeing as my neighborhood has a pool and we just about LIVE there from May through September I am starting to get a little bit of slack about that.  When it is 100 degrees and I am sitting under the umbrella in my shorts and tshirt...people notice! So, I will be the first to admit that I DETEST exercise.  I like walking and hiking in the woods and gardening so I … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Track your progress with the iHealth Digital Scale

Growing up, my mom always seemed to be battling her weight.  I vowed early on that I would take better care of myself so that hopefully I would never have to go through the lifelong struggles that she has.  I try to be careful with what I eat and exercise when I can but as I approach 40 it is getting harder and harder to stay at my target weight. With swimsuit season fast approaching, it is time to get serious about losing that 10 extra pounds that has snuck up on me!  I recently received the iHealth Digital Scale from Best Buy to try out.  The … [Read more...]

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A Little #Fitness Humor from Pinterest

 Ah, the magic of the Internet provides some humor and inspiration for those of us that are fitness challenged.  2 days ago I decided on a nice long, brisk walk...I was too lazy (HAH) to find my way to my supportive running shoes so I grabbed my old sketchers instead.  I have been limping for 2 days now with a foot injury.  Yep, I injured myself WALKING.  About as bad as the time I hurt my back bending over to pick up a piece of paper!  So, I leave you with a few inspirational and humorous fitness photos from Pinterest!This...in honor of my … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: I got nothin’….exept germs!

Apparently I came home from my husband's Disney Marathon with some kind of mutant germ that is trying it's best to kill me.  I have been sick for about 10 days now...I started out with my normal holistic regimen of saline, herbal teas, vitamins, fluids and sleep.  I have moved on to self medicating with my kid's steroids and inhalers in an attempt to not cough up a lung.  I am about to throw in the towel against these Micky Mouse mutant microbes and head to the doctor for a round of antibiotics.  Since I am allergic to just about every common … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Fit grownups make fit kids

If my son were an animal he would be a sloth.  Honestly, that boy only moves fast when there is food on the table!  TV and video games are not allowed during the week so he spends his time reading, doing Lego's, or some other stationary activity.  Even when he goes outside to play he like to climb a tree and just 'think' (as he puts it...).  My daughter on the other hand is like a baby bunny...cute and cuddly but hopping in a million different directions.  Her nickname at school is 'Wiggles'.  How I got 2 such different kids I really don't … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Running for a Mickey medal!

Fitness FridayMy husband is an avid runner and several months ago he and a few of his co workers decided that they were going to start training for a marathon.  He has run 10k's and half marathons but never a full marathon until now.  For those of you who are NOT runners...a marathon is 26+ miles.  Yes, he is voluntarily running 26 miles.  This will be several hours of running and I don't know how he does it, to be honest!  But, he has been seriously focused for the last few months.  So, this afternoon we leave for a 4 day trip to Disney so he … [Read more...]

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Last minute gift idea! Country Dance 2 Wii game! #Fitness Friday

Whether you are trying to lose a few pounds or you just really love country music, put your dancing shoes on, grab your Wii remote and start movin' to the music!  Country Dance 2 for Wii has over 18 CMA award winning artists and 30+ songs for you to enjoy. Did you know that thirty minutes of line dancing burns about 150 calories??Some information about the game:  Basically, you just grab your Wii remote and try to replicate the dance moves on the screen in order to earn  points.  Up to 4 players can dance at the same time and it even offers a … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Organic yoga clothing from Prancing Leopard and a discount code!

The last few weeks have been fairly hectic and the stress is starting to show in the muscle knots of my shoulders!  According to WebMD, Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and right now close to 11 million people are enjoying this form of fitness.  By stretching your muscles through various yoga poses, you release the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue.  The result is increase flexibility and range of motion in joints.  It feels so wonderul after a stressful day to just lay … [Read more...]

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#Fitness Friday: Sleep your way to a skinnier you!

Losing weight is hard, especially during this time of year when holiday parties, cheese balls, and candy canes all conspire against us! Stress and a really long to do list can mean late nights and very little sleep.  Combine a shorter night sleep with an increased number of calories and it is no wonder our underwear seems to be shrinking!  Recent studies have shown that people who sleep less have a tendency to WEIGH more.  Two studies conducted at the University of Chicago in Illinois and at Stanford University in California have looked into … [Read more...]

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Let Fitbit help you make every step count! #Fitness Friday

Over the last few years I have become much more sedentary than I used to be. When my kids were younger I spent all day chasing them around the house, taking them to the park, and popping them in the stroller for a walk just so they would stop touching things they weren't supposed to be touching!  Now that the kids are older, they don't require quite so much chasing any more and I have become way too familiar with my couch. Sure, we might go hiking on the weekend or I might strap on the running shoes for a Saturday morning run but my day to day … [Read more...]